‘It’s a one-off match for us’: Kane Williamson on T20 World Cup final


New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Saturday played down the hype surrounding their T20 World Cup grand final against Australia, calling it a “one-time game for us” where the focus will be on extending their great race in the tournament.

From reaching back-to-back ODI World Cup finals in 2015 and 2019, to winning the inaugural World Trial Championship in June this year, the Black Caps have been one of the most consistent teams in cricket. global.

“It’s a reflection of a lot of hard work, but tomorrow’s is a one-time game and for us it’s about trying again to make those little adjustments and keep the focus really close and what it is. must be, ”Williamson said during an interaction with virtual media on the eve of the headlines clash.

“The team worked well as a collective and certainly played for each other. For us it’s important that we try to grow and learn throughout and I think we’ve seen that a bit. And tomorrow is another opportunity.

Despite their consistency, the Kiwis still enter a tournament final with the tag “outsiders”, but that doesn’t bother the skipper.

“It doesn’t really have much to do with us. We are focused on our cricket and doing our best to keep improving. The different beacons and so on, it’s not really something that we control, ”said Williamson.

The last time the two rivals met in the final – the 2015 ODI World Cup – New Zealand were eliminated by just 183 points, with Australia galloping 34th for the loss of three wickets.

But the Kiwis peaked at the right time here, pulling full force to oust 2019 ODI World Champions England with a superlative hitting show from Daryl Mitchell and Jimmy Neesham in the first semi-final.

“It would be quite an achievement. But where it is at the moment, there is a game of cricket to play and for us it’s about focusing on that and looking to get out there and implement those things that are important. for us.

“So that’s really where we are right now,” said Williamson.

In the semifinals, wicket keeper Devon Conway also played a crucial 46-point hand during his 82-point partnership with Mitchell for the fourth wicket, but he will miss the final as he broke his hand when he hit his bat after coming out against England.

“Losing Devon is significant, he’s been a big part of all formats for us and it’s disappointing. It really is a weird thing that happens. But we stay focused on the task, ”said Williamson.

On paper, New Zealand have faced Australia 212 times in all three formats and have won just 51 times – their worst ever record of wins and losses against any international cricket team.

“When you go up against each other I guess the two teams look at each other reasonably. Probably not too much of an advantage on either side, except that we do go up against each other and have done it a few times recently and have had very good contests.

“It’s great that we are up against our neighbor on the other side of the world and in a World Cup final, and a really exciting prospect for both teams. It’s another game and another opportunity for us as a team to go there, ”said Williamson.


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